1975 Honda CB400F Cafe Racer


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One of the many benefits of founding and operating Vintage Kraft is the editorial license bestowed to the position. Having the keys to the kingdom means highlighting anything of interest and jumping to the front of the line. It is like having a VIP pass to the after party. Such is the case with my 1975 Honda CB400F.

It’s time for my Super Sport to find a new home and it gets the benefit of being featured on VK to the faithful readership. Like an old-school air-cooled Porsche, riding a CB400F offers a visceral experience, complete with the requisite engine noises, firm but confident ride, and faint smell of fuel and exhaust fumes. It has to be experienced to be appreciated.

If you are seeking a capable vintage bike with the right mix of cafe-style bits and a minimalist approach, this may be the ride for you. Every superfluous body part, inch of wiring, and fixture has been removed for the sake of simplicity. What was left is a bad-ass and svelte mighty might that can carve any canyon road with aplomb. And it has even done the ton…and survived.

Some unique features include a rare boxed swing arm by 400FourStore, hand-made stainless steel 4-1 shorty baffled exhaust, stripped/clear-coated tank, and MotoLanna seat. Finished off with Tarozzi clip-ons, a shaved triple-tree, pod filters, and custom front fender, this CB400F looks and rides the part. It’s completely street legal with functioning front/rear turn signals, brake light, and headlight. All that is needed is a newfound owner to enjoy her on the road. It’s currently offered on Craigslist for $4,200.

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Year: 1975
Make: Honda
Model
: CB400F Super Sport
Engine: 408cc inline four-cylinder four-stroke
Mileage: 21,000
Price: $4,200

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1975 Honda CB400F
Miles: approx 21K miles. I have put 1,000 since I’ve owned it in a year and a half.
Clean title in my name w/collector plate

This is a custom-built cafe racer built by an enthusiast in Seattle. It’s based off of Honda’s CB400F only offered from 1975-1977. Very cool bike and quickly becoming a collectible. Extremely reliable running bike that always starts and completely street legal. Perfect for city and riding backcountry roads. Gets about 40-55 MPG. Makes for a great starter bike (better than a moped and much cooler). Runs very strong, has a 10,000 RPM redline, six speed gearbox (rare for its time), and handles like a dream. It is always garaged. Previous owner claims he got it up to 100 MPH. I’ve done 75 MPH on the freeway with no problems, although you will get buffeted by the wind easily because it is super light. Never dropped (at least by me or the previous owner). Since owning the bike, I have added:

new control cluster from Dime City
Wired and functional turn signals, headlight, horn, and kill switch
new brake light from Dime City
MotoLanna seat. Very comfortable.
New rear tire
OEM splash panel for rear wheel
Mobil Pegasus stickers on the tank (good for an extra 5 hp) 🙂

Here’s a list of mods added by the previous owner:

Tarozzi clip-ons.
Shaved triple tree with custom tach and speedo.
Hagon rear shocks.
Rebuilt front forks with billet fork adjusters for a nice stiff feel.
End-bar clip-on mirrors
Stripped and clear-coated tank for a minimalist look with custom billet gas cap. Still has a small dent on one side. I think it adds character and should be left as-is.
Complete new handmade wiring harness specific to what this bike is running, there isn’t 1″ of extra or pointless wiring.
Dynatek coils and electronic ignition.
400fourstore box swing arm, a $700 item that comes with a Stainless Steel rear axle and swing arm pivot. Very rare and no longer available.
Hand-made custom 4-into-1 stainless steel exhaust. Sounds/looks awesome!
400fourstore motor mounts
1/4 turn billet throttle.
hand made aluminum fender/fork brace with fender
remote ignition switch, no key, just a small chip that turns the bike on when close. It’s made by Motogadget and can be seen here. http://spieglerusa.com/m-lock-6008.htm
All-new ball bearings throughout
Modern front brake master cylinder and levers from a Kawasaki Ninja 250 with Stainless Steel braided line
pod air filters
gel Lithium ion battery. Very light.

Maintenance:
cam chain tensioner adjusted
oil changed Aug 2012

Known issues:
Leaks a small amount of oil at the head. Eventually, the head will need to be decked because they tend to warp slightly over time.

At this point, the bike needs nothing, except an oil change next season and the air filter pods blown out and cleaned. Carbs are still tuned well and running smooth. Purchase will include bigger-bore race pistons. If I were to keep it, I was going to do some engine work, deck the head, and install the bigger pistons at some point in the future to help bump the power a bit. Write me with your number and I will call to discuss. This bike receives a lot of compliments, looks great out of the box with the right minimalist cafe approach, and has many years/miles of enjoyment ahead. Still plenty of time to ride this summer before the weather turns. I’m not in a rush and willing to wait for the right buyer. You won’t be disappointed. Test rides with appointment and cash in hand only. No trades, no dealers.

Click here to see the full ad on Craigslist.

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